How to Enable Aero Glass Transparency with Blur in Windows 10?
Here is an awesome news for Windows users who were eagerly waiting for the addition of Aero Glass transparency in Windows 10. Finally Microsoft has decided to bring Aero glass with blur back in Windows operating system.
If you can remember, long time back we posted an exclusive wishlist article in which we listed some most demanded features which Microsoft should implement in future versions of Windows:
I'm very glad to see that Microsoft is listening to our requests and implementing almost all those suggested features in Windows 10 operating system such as addition of Start Menu, removal of Charms Bar, etc. Aero Glass transparency was one of the most requested features in that article and finally Microsoft has added the missing functionality back to Windows 10 OS.
But Windows 10 users will not need to use any 3rd party software or customization mods to enjoy Aero Glass and blur effects. Windows 10 will already come with this much awaited functionality included.
BUT!!! Microsoft is currently testing Aero glass functionality in Windows 10. That's why they have added the glass effect only to Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10:
Since the functionality is under testing, Microsoft decided to perform A/B test on it. In other words, 50% of Windows 10 users will get the new Aero glass transparency with blur effect in Start menu and Taskbar but remaining 50% will get standard transparency without glass and blur effects on Start menu and Taskbar.
It has been done for testing purposes and to get feedback from users which will help Microsoft in deciding whether to implement Aero glass and blur effects in other areas of UI such as window frames, titlebar, etc or not. Also it'll help Microsoft in taking a big decision whether to set Aero glass transparency as default in Windows 10 or make it an optional feature.
That's a wise decision but many users who upgraded to Windows 10 and didn't get Aero glass transparency and blur effects are feeling cheated.
Don't worry! If you are using Windows 10 but not getting Aero Glass transparency with blur effect, this tutorial will help you in activating the feature.
Actually Microsoft is taking help of a simple Registry key to decide whether Aero glass and blur effects should be enabled or not in Windows 10. So we can modify this Registry key anytime to enable or disable Aero glass and blur effects in Windows 10.
Just follow these simple steps to activate and enable Aero Glass transparency with blur effect in Windows 10:
1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
3. In right-side pane, look for a DWORD EnableBlurBehind. If you can't find it, create a new DWORD, set its name as EnableBlurBehind and set its value to 1
4. Close Registry Editor and restart, log off or restart Explorer as given here to take effect.
That's it. It'll enable the new Aero glass transparency with blur in Windows 10.
In future, if you decide to disable Aero glass, simply change value of EnableBlurBehind DWORD to 0 again.
So you see the availability of Aero glass transparency in Windows 10 is currently decided by the above mentioned DWORD in registry. If its set to 1, then you'll get the glass and blur effects. If its set to 0, you'll get normal transparency without glass and blur effects.
NOTE: If you are not familiar with registry editing tasks, we are also providing ready-made registry script to do the task automatically for your convenience. Just download following ZIP file, extract it and then run the given .REG files to enable/disable Aero glass and blur effects:
Posted in: Windows 10
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